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Dear Dad: I promise this year’s present won’t sock

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It’s time to knock your dad’s Father’s Day 2016 socks off – that is, if they even made it out of the packet!

This Father’s Day, select that special man a techie treat from a selection which caters to everyone from fitness fanatics to gamers and music lovers.

For music lovers

Libratone ZIPP Nordic Black

£249 / Available from Libratone.com

For the modern, stylish dad, take a look at the new Libratone ZIPP Nordic Black, now featuring a range of improved functions. These include in-built Spotify playlists for easy access to your favourite tunes, a sleep timer to schedule when you want it to turn off, and faster start up. The ZIPP pumps out rich, 360-degree sound and can be connected with up to six other speakers, which are all controllable via the dedicated Soundspaces app.

Urbanista Seattle Bluetooth Headphones

£89 / Available from www.urbanista.com

Enjoy your favourite tunes without compromising on style or quality. The Swedish brand Urbanista has launched the perfect on-ear headphones with a crisp sound and impressive base for an extraordinary listening experience. Urbanista combines the Scandinavian minimalistic design with a practical folding function making the headphones extremely portable. The adjustable, seamless headband and the unique design with memory foam cushions comfortable cover the user’s ears for an exceptional listening experience. The Seattle also has a built-in microphone for mobile calls and a sharing sound plug so dads can share their favourite tunes with the family. The Urbanista Seattle is available in four different stylish colours; rose gold, white, black and blue petroleum.

For businessmen

Booq Shock Pro

£165 / Available from Amazon.co.uk

The Shock Pro is designed to protect your belongings against the elements on the go. A perfect travel companion, the Shock Pro provides extra protection with padding and a soft lining for a businessman’s laptop or iPad. With multiple compartments and an additional ‘dry’ compartment (with optional rigid camera housing), this backpack was built to give ultimate protection to your tech and belongings.

Nuu Mobile X5

£199.99 / Available from Nuumobile.com  

A feature rich handset that boasts Android’s latest operating system (7.0 Nougat) and Nuu Mobiles’ own Konnect global roaming hybrid eSIM technology (a virtual SIM chip that automatically switches between phone networks when travelling) this phone allows dads who travel to automatically access the cheapest local roaming rates and call the kids whilst abroad.

Offering excellent value for money, this sub £200 handset allows X5 owners to automatically activate the in-built Konnect roaming services via a dedicated App when they arrive at a new destination. Avoiding the hassles associated with hunting down a local SIM card whilst away, or having to connect to unsecure public WiFi, this phone is ideal for businessmen and women who need to seamlessly access data for important work emails or simply hail an Uber on arrival in over 100 countries. Other features include 13MP rear camera, fingerprint scanning, a large 5.5 full HD screen, 32GB and Dual-SIM. 

Philips SHB8850NC

£89.99 / Available from Currys

Reducing noise by up to 97% via their ActiveShieldTM noise cancelling, the Philips SHB8850NC headphones are designed to bring a sense of peace back into commuting, giving dads time to relax before returning home to the little ones. Compact and foldable for easy transportation, a 32mm neodymium speaker, Bluetooth 4.0 with built-in AAC and soft ergonomic cushions make these headphones not only capable of delivering a clear and natural sound, but also of sitting comfortably no matter how long the journey. Conveniently offering handsfree calls and simple NFC pairing, as well as a multi-pairing system allowing users to connect to two Bluetooth devices and smart controls enabling music and calls to be controlled with a tap. The Philips SHB8850NC are perfect for anyone who wants a simple, comfortable yet quality listening experience while on the move.

GEAR4 Buckingham iPad Case

£49.99+/ Available from Carphone Warehouse and www.gear4.com

GEAR4’s new Buckingham iPad TPU flip case range features D3O – the most advanced shock absorbing technology for enhanced impact protection, perfect for those with kids running around their ankles. The Buckingham case, linked to GEAR4’s British roots, combines modern forms and materials to deliver the ultimate combination of sleek protection. The case is available for iPad mini 4, Air2/Pro 9.7 inch and Pro 12.9 inch.

Venturer PrimePro 12TS Windows 2-in-1 notebook

£349.99 / Available from Amazon

With a 12.2 inch screen, 4GB RAM and 64GB Hard Drive, the PrimePro is the perfect option for dads who are often working on the go. Adding to this is a quick and responsive user experience due to the Intel Atom Core Quad Core processor, offering the ability to access the internet within seconds and having an expandable storage space for work files, photos, videos and music. The 2MP dual cameras at the front and rear allow users to make conference calls and take good quality photos or videos. The Prime Pro comes with a detachable smart keyboard with a leather backing and stand to rest the screen on, providing the optimum angle for working and an extra layer of protection when closed. Rather than draining precious battery power using Bluetooth, the keyboard clips on magnetically, featuring a pressure sensing trackpad so the PrimePro 12TS  offers the flexibility of a tablet and laptop combined in a lightweight device.

For sporty types

AfterShokz Trekz Titanium 

£109.99 / Available from aftershokz.co.uk

AfterShokz offers a comfortable, healthy and safe way of listening to music – so dads can keep the tunes going and still hear their kids cycling alongside. Unlike conventional headphones and earbuds that use the eardrums to transmit sound, the bone conducting AfterShokz Trekz Titanium transmits sound through the listener’s cheekbone to the inner ear. As the only brand of earphones that are fully approved for use in all road races under the UK Athletics rules of competition, AfterShokz’s unique status makes them the perfect option whether working out with friends or competing seriously.

Specifically designed to use whilst exercising, these wireless, lightweight headphones are sweat proof, secure and offer a crystal clear audio experience whilst allowing individuals to hear their surroundings.

JBL Reflect Mini BT

£79.95 / Available from uk.jbl.com

For the sporty dad, the JBL Reflect Mini BT is a lightweight headphone designed for ultimate comfort and stability in fitness. The Bluetooth-compatible sport headphones provide wireless freedom, a lightweight feel, secure fit and premium JBL signature sound to push through your workout.


For the man cave

Rif6 Cube 

£269.95 / Available from Amazon.co.uk 

Meet the Cube, the 2-inch portable mobile projector that will give you larger-than-life entertainment anywhere, anytime. Compatible with HDMI devices and with a 90 minute battery life for use on the go, the Cube produces a vibrant, 50 lumen projection against any surface for on-the-go streaming from your phone, tablet or laptop.


Merge VR

£49.99 / Available in store or online from Game.co.uk

Merge VR turns your smartphone into an immersive virtual reality headset, without the hassle or hang ups of other VR headsets. Made of a comfortable, soft material, the headset is approved for children aged 10 and over, making this a safe and fun experience for children, teenagers and adults alike. Dual input buttons enable you to explore, travel and experience digital content like never before, while access to the vrstart.com website gives you endless hours of free VR experiences. Not only that, Merge VR is also compatible with all recent iOS and Android smartphones.


Philips Fidelio B1

£449 / Available from www.richersounds.com

Delivering mighty sound in a compact form, the Philips Fidelio B1 nano soundbar is the answer for those looking to fill a room without compromising on space. At just 41 centimetres wide, the B1 uses Microbeam technology to offer a wide sound going beyond expectations for its size – perfect for the man cave. Four high sensitivity drivers are arranged in a cross firing configuration, allowing sound to beam across a 180-degree soundstage. The B1 also uses two tweeter wave guides on top of the speaker to ensure the sound is as clear as possible, with 18 holes in total projecting high frequencies towards walls and reflecting sound towards the listener. With a combined output power of 320W, the B1 delivers a sound which goes far beyond its appearance.


SteelSeries Arctis Range

Arctis 3: £89.99 / Arctis 5: £109.99 / Arctis 7: £159.99 / Available from www.steelseries.com 

Overhauling traditional gaming designs and headset technologies, the SteelSeries Arctis 3, 5 and 7 offer a series of premium quality features throughout without the need to compromise. Each headset shares a range of specifications, such as 7.1 surround sound, a ClearCast bi-directional microphone and AirWeave fabric ear cushions, with the differences in their various additions. Whether it be the illumination of the Arctis 5 or the wireless Arctis 7, the range is designed to provide for and celebrate all gaming dads, taking into regard their different needs and price points without compromising on quality. Their multi-platform compatibility furthermore ensures that the Arctis range has every gamer covered, no matter their preferences.



Awair offers a beautifully designed device with a modern aesthetic that tracks toxins and chemicals in the air while providing personalised recommendations to help users stay safe and healthy. Ideal for use in the home and nursery, Awair’s intelligent sensors boost wellness, sleep and productivity as well as manage allergies by monitoring and providing personal recommendations to improve air quality.

Awair also connects with smart products like Nest, Amazon Echo, and IFTTT to automatically optimise your air throughout the day. You can see your air quality score on your device or on an app, where you can track improvements over time.

For petrol heads

Thinkware X550

£169 / Available from www.thinkwaredashcam.uk

The Thinkware X550 is every driver’s new best friend as the ultimate multi-functional dash cam; serving as an eyewitness in the event of traffic incidents, providing ongoing protection and driver alerts to keep the family safe. Featuring super night vision (with 10 times more brightness than other products on the market), a parking mode and safety camera alerts, the X550 is designed to meet your every need on a budget. Plus, the X550 also features a road safety warning system (ADAS), which gives lane warnings, forward collision warnings and brake warnings to complete an already impressive package.

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